Buying

About Us

Our Buying teams have one incredibly important aim: to make sure we continue giving our customers high-quality products at the best value for money. That means we spend most of our time dealing with people outside the Aldi business. So, as well as having the same massive amount of responsibility as our other teams, we also get the chance to be a bit more entrepreneurial. 

We’re at the centre of everything Aldi does – understanding what customers are looking for and making sure we can offer it to them. It’s crucial that we can build good working relationships with our suppliers, negotiate with confidence and get the best deals for our customers. We do business in the right way, for the right reasons. 

It’s high-pressure work and we need to adapt quickly to different needs to ensure we get the best products at the best prices. Aldi is rapidly expanding, so it’s essential that we move as quickly, if not quicker than the rest of the business. Join now, and you’ll have an incredible opportunity to develop your buying talents as you influence one of the world’s leading retailers.

What kind of roles are there?

There are many key roles in this area of the business, from those who carve a strategic path to those who assist our daily activities. Don’t be fooled by the ‘Assistant’ aspect. You’ll also be looking after product ranges and driving our Buying department forward. 

Corporate Buying Director

Corporate Buying Director

We need to deliver on our promise to customers by securing quality products at the best price. And that starts with you. As our Corporate Buying Director, you’ll develop the sales, profitability and future growth of our business.

A skilled negotiator, you’re constantly in talks with suppliers and our international buying operation to compare costs and product options. Your decisions are an intelligent reflection of market data and research, a passion for quality and strong commercial instinct. Yet no Director is an island. Our buying teams bounce intuitively off each other. Spurred on by your leadership and people management skills, they’re confident to show initiative and share knowledge which feeds into your vision. The result? A motivated team, that’s clear about their personal development and bursting with ideas. 

Added to that, you’ll be making proposals on buying prices, recommending sourcing decisions from authorised suppliers, visiting trade fairs, arranging (and taking part) in sampling sessions. You’ll even decide on package design, the assortment of products and the text for advertised products. This role is one of the fastest, most varied Buying Director roles around. 

Benefits

  •  Competitive Salary with further increases based on length of service   
  •  6 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays   
  •  Full training provided   
  •  Company pension from commencement   
  •  Private medical insurance   
  •  Life assurance   
  •  Company sick pay scheme   
  •  Company maternity, paternity and adoption leave   
  •  Long service awards
Corporate Buying Assistant (Atherstone and Bathgate only)

Corporate Buying Assistant (Atherstone and Bathgate only)

As a Corporate Buying Assistant, you’ll play an incredibly important role in the whole Buying process. Working closely with a Buying Director, you’ll make sure that they have everything they need to negotiate the best deals.

That involves keeping up communication with suppliers and people across the Aldi business and making sure that every tender process is managed effectively. From ensuring we have great working relationships with our suppliers, to crunching the numbers and putting tender documents and contracts together, you’ll get involved in every aspect of the buying lifecycle. You might even get the chance to recommend products to your Buying Director and make presentations.

Obviously, you’ll need to be well organised and a good communicator, with an eye for detail and the ability to analyse statistics effectively. That may sound like a lot but, in return, you’ll enjoy the chance to put forward your ideas and influence our Buying process.

In fact, join us and you’ll feel more like an Assistant Buyer, rather than a Buying Assistant (and yes, to us there’s a big difference).

Benefits

  • £26,775-£29,800 rising in stages to £33,300 - £34,800 after 4 years (regional differences apply) 
  • 5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays   
  • Full training provided   
  • Company pension after 4 years   
  • Company sick pay scheme
  • Company maternity, paternity and adoption leave after 2 years
  • Long service awards

Benefits

We’re good at lots of things at Aldi, but we’re particularly good at looking after our people. Yes, you’ll need to work hard and we expect you to be committed (you know, turning up on time, working hard, that sort of thing) but we’ll make every effort to show our appreciation. That’s why we offer the following benefits:

Market-leading package

Yes, the rumours are true: we pay incredibly well. But in return, we’ll ask a lot of you. That’s why we want you to feel looked after.

Nice working environment

Fresh. Energised. Attractive. Those are just some of the terms you could use to describe where you’ll work. It’s the kind of place where you can do great things. A place where your ideas will be heard and you’ll have the freedom to put them into action.

Excellent work-life balance

We always make sure our people have a great work-life balance. Plenty of time off, fantastic benefits and some decent salaries to holiday in style.

Great opportunities to develop

At Aldi we’ll value you for what you can do, rather than where you’ve come from. So we’ll accept, recognise and often implement your ideas and recognise your contribution.

Meet our Buying Team

So, what makes our Buying team different? Special? Just that little bit unique? We all have our own opinions (well, that’s what we’re like). Here are a few of them.

Oliver King

Managing Director - Former Group Buying Director

Meet our Buying Team

So, what makes our Buying team different? Special? Just that little bit unique? We all have our own opinions (well, that’s what we’re like). Here are a few of them.

Kate Clarke

Corporate Buying Director

Meet our Buying Team

So, what makes our Buying team different? Special? Just that little bit unique? We all have our own opinions (well, that’s what we’re like). Here are a few of them.

Carol Campbell

Corporate Buying Director

Meet our Buying Team

So, what makes our Buying team different? Special? Just that little bit unique? We all have our own opinions (well, that’s what we’re like). Here are a few of them.

Vo Hoang

Corporate Buying Manager - Recruitment and Training

Meet our Buying Team

So, what makes our Buying team different? Special? Just that little bit unique? We all have our own opinions (well, that’s what we’re like). Here are a few of them.

Natalie Smith

Corporate Buying Assistant

Meet our Buying Team

So, what makes our Buying team different? Special? Just that little bit unique? We all have our own opinions (well, that’s what we’re like). Here are a few of them.

Harriet Rushton

Corporate Buying Assistant

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Did you know... our Buying teams taste each item up to 30 times before it’s good enough to go on the shelves. Some might say we’re overdoing it. Others might say ‘that’s why they’ve just won so many Grocer Own Label Awards’.

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We’re delighted that you’d like to apply. It’s pretty competitive so make sure you’ve done your homework and that you’re primed and ready to demonstrate your skills.